living room design ideas

10 Home Design Ideas: Living room/Home office design ideas (part two)

In the first post in the series I promised to give advise on how you can simultaneously organize and show off your prized possessions:I’ve written an ideaBook on the subject.

However, any home design advice should be taken with a grain of salt. When building or renovating, there is always more than one solution. First and foremost, it’s really important to have a clear vision of what you want (I write about that in my how-toBOOK DIY Like an Architect).

“Experts” cautioned me against buying a house I had my heart set on. Moldy, dingy and dark, it stayed on the market for over a year before I found it. Regardless, seduced by its old rose garden and brick walls of the original lodge built in 1934, I rejected conventional wisdom and prevailed — a neglected property was transformed into a laboratory for mixing customized design with family life I envisioned.

The bottom line is always about maximizing potential.

Hence, design tip #2:

STRUCTURE & RECONCILE  (living room design idea / home office design idea)

Problem: A living room has to function as an office + library.

Solution: Plan for success — fine-tune and bring everything together in one receptacle — a framework, backdrop, container.

A living room has to function as an office + library


Design shelving that is diligent about keeping things pared down.

Hang narrow “in-between” display trays to maximize capacity.

home office design idea
modular CD shelf


Added Benefit: Every surface becomes a tidy mini-gallery.

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modular CD shelf repurposed — reconciliation


As mentioned above, this post and eight to follow are based on the ideaBOOK 01 Displaying & Organizing available for a free download here.

If you have any questions, please address them to me in your comments below. I am at your service as an online architectural consultant and DIY ally.


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  1. Meg Griffin says:

    I love this wall unit. It can fit everything. Wonderful!!

    1. Thank you for this comment, Meg. Multifunctional is my middle name.

  2. Jane says:

    Love your design idea with yogurt jars. What a simple thing and it looks so stylish. Thank you for this suggestion.

    1. You are welcome. Have fun. Send me a picture of the finished installation.